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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler FOR EVEN IN NAZI VIENNA, Trudi Realized, Women Still Looked In The Mirror She Knows That Even In The Bleak Darkness, We Feel, Love, Desire She Left No Child She And Walter Tried, With No Success Her Hats Are Long Lost, But Her Book Is Her Legacy, Discovered Once AgainFrom The Introduction By Linda Grant, A Uthor Of The Clothes On Their Backs, The Thoughtful Dresser And We Had It So Good In 1938 Trudi Kanter, Stunningly Beautiful, Chic And Charismatic, Was A Hat Designer For The Best Dressed Women In Vienna She Frequented The Most Elegant Caf S She Had Suitors She Flew To Paris To See The Latest Fashions And She Fell Deeply In Love With Walter Ehrlich, A Charming And Romantic Businessman But As Hitler S Tanks Rolled Into Austria, The World This Young Jewish Couple Knew Collapsed, Leaving Them Desperate To Escape In Prose That Cuts Straight To The Bone, Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler Tells The True Story Of Trudi S Astonishing Journey From Vienna To Prague To Blitzed London Seeking Safety For Her And Walter Amid The Horror Engulfing Europe It Was Her Courage, Resourcefulness And Perseverance That Kept Both Her And Her Beloved Safe During The Nazi Invasion And That Make This An Indelible Memoir Of Love And Survival Sifting Through A Secondhand Bookshop In London, An English Editor Stumbled Upon This Extraordinary Book, And Now, Though She Died In 1992, The World Has A Second Chance To Discover Trudi Kanter S Enchanting Story In These Pages She Is Alive Vivid, Tenacious And Absolutely Unforgettable.


10 thoughts on “Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler

  1. says:

    This is a hard book to review How to entertain a question of value when holding in one s hands a memoir of holocaust years written by a resourceful and fashion conscious woman who manages to escape Vienna It is not the deepest of books It holds the reader at arms length and insists on noticing so many mundane things, which I think is part of what makes it an important piece of writing.I have read so much about Viennese Jews who loved their city, though they were often excluded and treated in injurious ways The heartbreak of WWII includes the feeling of being spurned by a lover Kanter feels the injustice and injury of being scorned by a beloved city, but she doesn t focus here too long Her focus jumps and slips, it doesn t remain fixed There is a skittishness and yet a very determined focus in here Kanter will not let us in too deeply, and she is adamant about that She will tell the story she is willing to tell, and that is all There is a fierce privacy in here, even as there is a breezy, conversational air of invitation Kanter rescues herself, her husband...


  2. says:

    This is Trudi Kantor s story of escaping Vienna, Austria and living through the war years in London Trudi was a fashionable young woman who owned a hat shop She designed her own hats, often after visiting Paris to go to the fashion shows to see what was in fashion for hats She loved her city she loved fashion and she loved Walter Ehrlich She seems to have been separated from, but still great friends with, her first husband Pepi when the book starts After she meets Walter and falls in love she and Pepi divorce so she can marry Walter, but Pepi remains a great and helpful friend to not only Trudi but also Walter Trudi s father is Jewish but her mother is not Walter is Jewish When the Germans occupy Venice, Trudi begins to plot their escape hers, Walters, and her parents In this memoir, she tells the story of their escape and life in London, including the internment of her husband and father because they were Austrian.Trudi is not an author she s a hat designer and an excellent one at that She wrote this memoir in 1984 She doesn t give us a chronological description, but rather tells chronological vignettes that provide a glimpse into the difficulties faced, the hardships endured, and ho...


  3. says:

    JOYREAD THIS BOOK If you want to understand what it was really like to live under the Nazisnot yet another fictional black and white account.This is real.The world of chic Vienna is so well conveyed and with charm and graceelegant prose and we see and imagine the life Trudi had..and it is fun to read Yes Fun.Then, all gets turned around but instead of writers who use hindsightwe wee how Trudi fights back for her business and her fa...


  4. says:

    Who doesn t love buried treasure, especially when it s of the literary variety Part love story and part intimate history of the Nazis 1938 arrival in Vienna, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler was originally released and promptly forgotten in 1984 Wandering through a bookshop a few years ago, a British editor discovered the out of print memoir and decided to republish it What makes the book so instantly mesmerizing is Trudi Kanter herself, who fashioned sentences just the way she fashioned hats as a milliner in late 1930s Vienna each a dazzling, delicate object of delight When Hitler overruns Austria, there is plenty of tension to draw the story forward Jews are forced to wash the sidewalks with acid, her husband, Walter, is hunted by the SS, and Kanter must find visas that will allow them to escape to England But what distinguishes this particular tale is the lavish portrait of Vienna just before the war, back when people went to caf s for elevenses, delicate snacks and pastries with cream, and Sunday afternoon dates took place ...


  5. says:

    I loved this book and I hope it eventually gets the recognition it deserves among WWII memoirs It s not written in any kind of lofty prose but it s accessible, eventful, and emotional I also like that a large part of the story is centered in Vienna and the city itself remains a character throughout, always recalled while the author is trying to adjust elsewhere There are so many stories from locations like occupied Paris and war torn Germany but relatively few from Vienna, especially one told by someone with a lifelong love for the city Unlike some other stories of Jewish survival in the face of Nazi persecution, hers isn t remarkable and unbelievable just clever and careful and that makes it interesting so often I ve read about Jewish survivors who are described simply, like obtained a visa, escaped to Britain before things got too b...


  6. says:

    The overall story is interesting but the writing style is horrible Difficult to follow direction of thought as situations require interpretation that is not common knowledge in today s society and country There is a lot if self promotion of author s sexual prowess and desirability It didn t relate to the storyline, in most cases and seemed self congratulatory At the same time, the author s true love tended toward vanity as well She didn t trust him with fidelity and it seemed to almost be a contest to see who could garner the most atte...


  7. says:

    The title grabbed me and then the story sucked me in This was compelling, lyrical writing and very hard to put down In the 1980s Trudi Kanter self published the story of her escape from WWII Vienna with her husband Walter The book then fell into obscurity Thankfully, it was rediscovered and published by Scribner From the introduction by Linda Grant There wasan instinctive shrinking away from accounts of the war that did not treat it with the seriousness and solemnity of historians Trudi must have seemed too shallow, too preoccupied with hats and men to be a sympathetic narrator of the life of the refugee After all, the emigres and exiles who flooded to England in the thirties, Sigmund Freud among them, were conductors, composers, poets, publishers, and cinematographers Milliners were de trop Her book went down into oblivion Some readers believed it to be a novel I found Trudi s shallowness to be a testament to humanity In the midst of horror, we still yearn for a world of red roses and romantic drives in the Vienna Woods, however distant they have become Trudi was an artist who loved beautiful things Is her story any or less worthy of tellin...


  8. says:

    If there is one character in literature who I keep being reminded of in my reading, it s Holly Golightly Trudi Ehrlich Katnter could be the Holly Golightly of World War II survivalists Her city is Vienna Her talent is hat making Her writing style is delightful and big eyed She gets her man and sincerely loves him despite other suitors steadily popping up, she s insanely jealous, and her quick and resourceful mind and can do attitude save the day countless times, andshe knows class This is a WWII memoir unlike any other I ve read Trudi, whose father is a jeweler, is half Jewish and raised in a fashionable Vienna She owns her own hat making business She visits the fashion world of Paris and London She is a successful woman surrounded by 1940s women of power, money, sexual prowess, and beauty Walter, her second husband, is a successful inventor and businessman in the soft drink industry I really don t want to tell her story of escaping Vienna in 1938 and how she and her parents and husband survived London s war years She doesn t gloss over hardships, but her attitude makes them all palatable This would make a great addition to high school libraries I think teenage girls, and women of all ages for that matter, would enjoy her breezy, yet detailed, way of description Also she sets an inspirational example Even though they lose so much, they begin again She and Walter believe in each other and support e...


  9. says:

    This book seemed like it was told through journal entries as opposed to a straight novel, so it got sounded disjointed at times Even though it was hard to understand and connect with the characters, I still enjoyed the story It was refreshing to read a Holocaust WWII story with a happy ending.


  10. says:

    Really excellent, a beautiful account of some of Europe s ugliest moments An interesting perspective fashionable, successful, upper class Jewish female and additional complications divorce, remarriage,suicide make for a unique read.


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